Sugar Work

Business By KitchenSix Updated 18 May 2019 , 10:12am by -K8memphis

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KitchenSix Posted 17 May 2019 , 7:56pm
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Hey guys! I’ve been going through the forums and stuff, but wanted to ask more recently, how you charge for your sugar work.  Right now, I’m still revisiting the way I charge, and I guess I still go into sticker shock with myself sometimes and wonder if it sounds right.

Right now, I’m working on a belated Mother’s Day cake for my portfolio, and it will have 3 medium-large modeling chocolate (my medium of choice) roses on it.  Looking at my chart, I’ve priced medium sized sculptures that are fairly simple for $10, but then thinking about $30 for 3 roses seems way too pricey to me, haha.  Maybe $6-$7 sounds a little more reasonable.

So how do you guys price custom sugar work? I’m not planning to set prices and copy someone else, but I am curious how you guys do it, and what you charge for it!

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-K8memphis Posted 17 May 2019 , 10:36pm
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me, I would not charge additionally for those roses —

when I say sculpture I mean the cake itself is a sculpture, meaning it does not look like a cake — even if it’s a round sewing basket — I charge more per serving for that —

and I mean, to me, an entire flower spray with leaves and calyxes and buds, large and smaller roses/flowers is included in the base price — i can pop them out in buttercream or modeling choco or gum paste — might charge a tad more for the different medium but not for the individual flowers — 

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KitchenSix Posted 17 May 2019 , 11:04pm
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I don’t think I currently charge enough to include them in the base price, but it’s awesome that you do! I did sit down and decided that flowers are more like ‘accents’ rather than sculptures, which I price differently!  I’m planning on making them pretty large, so decided they would be a ‘large’ overall accent on the cake, instead of pricing individually.  

Guess I kinda just needed a place to think out loud and bounce ideas for!

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-K8memphis Posted 18 May 2019 , 12:45am
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gotcha —

flowers are expected on a cake — raise your base price — blush

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SandraSmiley Posted 18 May 2019 , 1:25am
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I think it might depend upon how elaborate the flowers are.  I make some quick, fantasy flowers and I also make some pretty realistic one, which require quite a bit of time.

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KitchenSix Posted 18 May 2019 , 2:27am
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Well, this cake is my inspiration cake, so I plan on making a large, ruffle flower similar to this one, 3 of them, because I’m doing a 2-tier version, so maybe the picture reference will help!  K8Memphis, are these the sorts you would throw in for free?Sugar Work

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SandraSmiley Posted 18 May 2019 , 2:37am
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You can do them pretty quickly, KitchenSix, but you could certainly charge an extra $10 or $15 for three of them.

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-K8memphis Posted 18 May 2019 , 10:12am
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they would not be free, none of them are free — but the time spent making that flower is included in the base price — and while the flower would probably be made in advance it would still not be an extra charge — there’s a certain amount of decoration time expected and included in the base price of any celebration cake — otherwise both the client and the caker would go nuts nickel and diming themselves —  putting flowers, scrolls, normal decor is included — to me, three med large flowers in that design is normal decor on a two tier cake — although that side decor would raise the base price — 

now if someone wants to purchase those flowers from you independent of a cake that’s quite a different matter — kaching  kaching 

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